Saint Brigid’s National School, is a primary school situated in the centre of Greystones, Co. Wicklow. Our mission is to provide the highest quality education for all our children in a happy, safe and stimulating Christian environment, focusing on their academic, social, personal, moral and spiritual development to help them be the best they can be.

HSA Report on Wi-Fi in St. Brigid’s

HSA REPORT on Wi-Fi in the school confirms ‘there is no evidence of risks to health arising from Electromagnetic Field (EMF) sources in the school.’

Dear Parents, As you are probably aware, a complaint regarding the safety of the Wi-Fi in St. Brigids was made by a parent to the Health and Safety Authority (HSA). The HSA engaged expert consultants to investigate the complaint. These experts carried out their investigation over two days last June and we have just recently received notification from the HSA of their findings. The full text of the HSA notification is detailed below but in summary they have told us that:

The report confirms compliance both with the occupational safety requirements of the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (Electromagnetic Fields) Regulations 2016 and with the more stringent public exposure limits set by the International Commission on Non-Ionising Radiation Protection (ICNIRP).

Accordingly I am satisfied to conclude that there is no evidence of risks to health arising from Electromagnetic Field (EMF) sources in the school.”

This information combined with the earlier ComReg report on our Wi-Fi further reassures us that the Wi-Fi in our school is completely safe and poses no risk to the health of our students or staff.

Yours sincerely,

Tom Sherlock Chairman, Board of Management.

HSA notification of findings

As you are aware, concerns were raised with the Health and Safety Authority regarding potential exposure to electromagnetic radiation associated with the Wi-Fi installation at St Brigid’s National School. The concerns were raised in respect of school children but also related to employees in workplace (teaching staff etc). Hence the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (Electromagnetic Fields) Regulations 2016, which fall within the remit of the Health and Safety Authority, are considered to be applicable.

In response, the Authority engaged an expert consultant, namely Compliance Engineering Ireland Ltd (CEI), to assess compliance with the relevant regulations. Further to a site visit and survey by CEI on 28th June last, a Site Survey Report has now been issued by CEI to the Authority. The report confirms compliance both with the occupational safety requirements of the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (Electromagnetic Fields) Regulations 2016 and with the more stringent public exposure limits set by the International Commission on Non-Ionising Radiation Protection (ICNIRP).

Accordingly I am satisfied to conclude that there is no evidence of risks to health arising from Electromagnetic Field (EMF) sources in the school.

I trust that you and the Board of Management will find this reassuring.